Traditional business

This is just a small segment of an incredibly detailed porcelain sculpture embedded in the wall outside a Chinese clan business society in Kuala Lumpur. The attention to detail and the intensity of the colours are superb. And it says something about their culture that this has been here for decades at least without being vandalised.

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6 thoughts on “Traditional business

  1. What I am most amazed by is the fact that something of this detail has not been vandalized. I just don’t think that would happen in this country.


    1. I’ve observed that Asian countries are far less tolerant of common vandalism than the west, far less accepting of ‘youthful destruction,’ which is not a bad thing. As much as I am a liberal, and embrace most liberal values, there are some areas I find I am extremely conservative – and this is one of the key things. They have so little of what we consider petty crime… and one feels so much safer just walking around at night or in a crowd. Of course they have other forms of crime and there are trade-offs for that sense of security, but for a middle aged, non-controversial visitor, it’s nothing but pleasant. (how’s that for balancing on the political fence ;-} )


  2. Rather than risking vandalism here in the states; a section would probably have been removed and placed in a museum. The colors and detail are amazing. So glad it caught your eye and you captured it to share here ๐Ÿ™‚ One wants to “visit” it for awhile and listen to the tradesman barter and offer their goods. They must of had tea before they talked business.


    1. Tea, perhaps – more likely copious amounts of good Chinese beer! The postures of the three men on the left in the front row speak volumes!
      I just did a bit of research on line – It is the Chan She Shu Yuen Clan Association Building – started in 1897 and finished in 1906… Determining the age of anything in the tropics by sight can be impossible as the heat and humidity can lead to premature decay of pretty much anything. It’s still very active and the whole place was fascinating. I found a travel blog piece written by someone else here, with lots more photos and information – if you’re curious…


  3. I thought those fellas on the left were dancing to draw attention to their wares ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks for the travel blog so I could see more of it.


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